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Fagley Primary School Local Offer
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  Fagley Primary School Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ‘Local offer’   1    At Fagley Primary School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our pupils whatever their needs or abilities. We aim to ensure all pupils achieve their potential, personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum, (Regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs). We are committed to ensuring that all children in our care have access to exciting learning opportunities that fully meet their needs. We are a fully inclusive school. We understand that children may have special educational needs that require additional support when progress has slowed or stopped. Children and Families Act 2014 The Children and Families Act takes forward the Coalition Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Act will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs. The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Act will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It takes forward the reform programme set out in Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability, progress and next steps by: replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need; improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together; requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational n eeds and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support.    Fagley Primary School Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ‘Local offer’   2   What is the Local Offer? The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child .”   What will it do? The Local Offer aims to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings. During the last year, the Local Offer Steering Group has developed questions for schools, and trialled them with a small number of settings. Here are Fagley Primary School’s responses to those questions: What is a Special Educational Need or Disability? Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty  that calls for additional and different provision to be made for them. Children have a learning difficulty if they:  Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age. Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would do if special educational provision was not made for them. (2014 SEN Code of Practice)  Fagley Primary School Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ‘Local offer’   3   How are Special Educational Needs or Disabilities identified and assessed at Fagley Primary School? Initial concerns about a child’s progress or development may come from:   Your child’s class teacher expressing concerns that their progress has slowed or stopped or that they are finding learning, o r any other area, especially difficult. Our rigorous assessment cycle/Pupil Progress Meetings, highlighting that a child has not made the progress expected or that they are falling behind other children of their age. A health professional such as a GP or Health Visitor following a medical concern or diagnosis. Previous Educational settings such as a Nursery, Children’s Centre or 2 Year old Provision . You, speaking to the class teacher or SENCo* about anything that you have noticed at home. Your child, expressing concerns about their own development or progress. Once it has been identified that there may be a Special Educational Need or Disability the class teacher, in consultation with the SENCo, will identify where the need lies and what gaps in learning need to be addressed. From here we will consider what your child’s short term targets should be and what ‘additional provision’ should be put into place to help them to meet their targets. The school wil l invite you and your child to contribute to this process and will ensure that your views are fully taken into account when considering what provision may be appropriate. Who should I speak to about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or Disabilities? Your child’s class teacher   Is responsible for: Monitoring the progress of all children. Providing Quality First Teaching that is carefully adapted to the needs of pupils to ensure that all children reach their full potential. Identifying, planning and delivering any additional support that may be needed. This might include targeted learning, small group work or a personalised curriculum. Discussing any initial concerns with you and highlighting these concerns to the school’s SENCo.  Fagley Primary School Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) ‘Local offer’   4   Writing and evaluating Individualised Learning Targets and sharing these with you at least termly. Ensuring that they follow the school’s SEND policy. Ensuring that any other adults who work with your child in school are aware of their strengths and difficulties. Helping other adults to deliver the planned program to help your child to meet their targets. The SENCo- Mrs A Gavin Is responsible for: Writing the school’s policy for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Coordinating all of the provision for pupils with Special Educational needs or Disabilities. Ensuring that you are: Made aware of any concerns regarding your child’s progress. Involved in supporting your child’s development. Involved in evaluating and reviewing their progress towards set targets. Liaising with any other people or agencies who may be coming into school to support your child’s development. Updating the schools SEND register (a system for ensuring that the needs of pupils with SEND are known.) Ensuring that there are in- depth records of your child’s needs, targets and progress. Providing support to teachers and teaching assistants so that they can help all children to reach their potential. Keeping the Governing Body informed of any issues related to SEND. The Headteacher- Mrs C Parfitt Is responsible for: The day to day management of all areas of the school’s work including provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Working closely with the SENCo and class teachers to delegate responsibilities and to ensure that the needs of all children are met.
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